from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Architecture A decorative motif consisting of a series of uniform, usually vertical flutes, as those incised in the surface of a column.
  • n. The act of incising or making grooves.
  • n. The grooves formed by narrow pleats in cloth, as in a ruffle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of flute.
  • n. A decoration consisting of parallel, normally vertical, flutes (grooves) incised into the surface
  • n. The act of making such grooves

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Decoration by means of flutes or channels; a flute, or flutes collectively

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of playing on the flute, or the sound made by such playing; a flute-like sound.
  • n. The act of forming a groove or furrow.
  • n. A groove or furrow; fluted work; a flute: as, the flutings of a column, or of a woman's ruffle.
  • n. One of the longitudinal channels in a screw-tap by which a cutting edge is given to the thread.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a groove or furrow in cloth etc (particularly a shallow concave groove on the shaft of a column)


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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